Will Carolina Kostner grab the gold medal at Euros?
I just found Carolina Kostner's long program at Italian Nationals.
Looks to me she is in much better shape these days. She nailed a 3flip-3toe at the beginning. Although she popped one jump and put hands down twice subsequently, it's still a much improved performance compared to her dismal days at the Olys and the Worlds.
I have noticed her speed has slowed down substantially. She is no longer like a bull in a china shop. Maybe that's why her jumps are more secure. I believe she has a realistic shot at the gold medal at the upcoming Euros. Although Sarah Meiser is relatively consistent this season, she would still pop one or two jumps in the long program and she does not have triple+triple.
I think a lot will depend on the nerves, as mostly always, LOL. Kostner has a chance for gold medal, but I would say that Meier has an equal chance. I also hope that either Poykio or Korpi will get a medal, even better if they both would, LOL... It could well be, that this time no Russian lady will be on the podium? Gedevanishvili could be able to win a medal, perhaps.
Last edited by Jaana; 01-11-2007 at 03:36 AM.
She does seem more at ease but her LP was quite faulty. I saw double foot jump landing, several hand down landings, and at least one popup. Spins are passable as is her required footwork, but she does much jumping in the first third of the programs interspersed with crossovers and long preparations a la Liashenko. But her opening 3x3 was stupendous!
She is skating somewhat better but she's not up to Mao, Yuna and Miki. I would throw in Kimmie and Joannie too.
Originally Posted by Joesitz
I am talking about Euros.
what didn't kill me-made me stronger!
Is someone here talking about Caro?????
ofcourse she can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Ice is Slippery
She looked very slow to me and very reserved. But I still hope that she does well.
The Ladies is very open this year and most observers would say that Meier has the edge, she is consistent with the jumps but dont forget her spins have all been level 4 this season and her step sequences are equally as good, her artistic side has improved and she looks the complete package out there.
Susanna Poykio is another complete package skater and like Sarah has a lovely lyrical LP, her spins could be better levels and her step sequences but her artistic side is the best of any woman, if she nails the jumps she has a chance for the title.
Carolina seems to have found some form at the right time and could peak at Euro's. I have said that she should medal, her Program component score will help her as the judges like all her transition moves etc, again if she nails a triple triple and some other jumps she should win - so yes she has a chance but because she has only been at italian nationals this season she is rank outsider to Meier.
Originally Posted by russell30
Not quite - as far as i can remember she has not managed to get a level 4 layback in her SP. I noticed that for this reason she doesn't appear to include a layback in her LP at all.
I've just looked up all of her competitions and at Skate America and Cup of Russia SP she had all level 4 elements except her layback spin which was level 2 and her straighline steps which were level 2. In the LP it was the same except she doesn't do a layback and does another level 4 spin (the upright combo spin!) and the straightline steps were level 3.
By the GPF and her nationals she's managed to up the Level 2 straightline steps to level 3 but hte layback was still a lowly 2.
At least it's better that Cupcake's layback, a level1. All of Sokolova's non-jump elements are low level, and she didn't even have a combination in her FS at
I think the video file was playing slower than the skate actually was. The music sounded slower and her program went beyond 4:10. The file was not playing smoothly so that could explain why her spins and speed seem slower than usually.
Love the program and the music.
Welcome to Golden Skate, MVick, and thanks for posting.
(BTW, congrats on a fine season with Atlanta. )
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She'll be lucky if she gets a medal. I can see the Suisse and the Finnish woman beating her, and add the Georgian and the #3 Russian.
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
"The Georgian" - that would be the marvelous Elene Gedevanishvili? She's had such a hard year - it's great to have her back and I hope she makes the podium.
Originally Posted by blue dog
She's very slow, but maybe she will have more secure landing because of this.
Originally Posted by SK8LUVR
I always found her speed really gave her a lot of trouble in the past, it's so wild.
I don't believe she can keep it up by looking at her body built. She's a compact but tiny type, I am afraid to say puberty monster is going to destroy her.
Originally Posted by Spun Silver